Venus on the eventful cusp Pisces/Aries, the end and the beginning, the old and the new

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Note: a shorter version of this post was published in issue 93 of the Uki Village News, April/May 2017

Venus on the eventful cusp Pisces/Aries, the end and the beginning, the old and the new

Venus is spending a long time in Aries this year, from February 4 to June 6 (excluding most of April, when she re-entered Pisces in retro motion); three whole months, triple the time she usually spends in one Sign.

The long stay of Venus in the fieriest of the Fire Signs can be either exciting or troublesome, depending how we handle it and our personal circumstances. It can be a real struggle for Venus to play the role of the Love/Harmony Planet in the combative, competitive Sign of Mars. We risk losing sight of the softer, loving side of Venus. The inner journey of retrogradation (March 3 to April 16) and the brief return into Pisces (April 2 to 29) should have created greater awareness of this risk.

Let’s consider the timeline/ highlights of this transit and others, from February to early June:

  • In February Venus was in Aries with Mars, ideal time to initiate new things, to be bolder and more independent in all areas, particularly in personal relationships. The prominence of this Fire Sign provided us with the vision and courage to pursue new goals with energy and embrace changes with confidence. Wanting our own way we might have ignored or disregarded other people feelings, in an attitude of confrontation rather than cooperation. We may have succeeded to eliminate stuff/people/circumstances from our lives that seemed to impede our progress, but our feeling of success may have proven premature.
  • Within the first ten days of March Venus turned retrograde (March 3 to April 15), while Mars entered Taurus (March 10 to April 21), this Earth Sign tending to slow down rather than stir up Mars’ fiery energy. These events ushered a period when our recent initiatives/actions and assertive/self-centred Aries moods have been put to the test. The retrogradation suggests in fact a time for returning over issues we have already explored in the recent past, a frustrating thing if you remain determined to push ahead with earlier plans and decisions, without making any changes.
  • On March 25 Venus aligned with the Sun thus turning from Evening to Morning Star for the rest of the year, the bolder and more forceful aspect of Venus; this aspect becoming more active however only at the end of April.
  • Between April 2 and 29 Venus return to Pisces, compounding the softening effect of retrogradation with the passive tendencies of Pisces. This suggests the need for a more pliable, compassionate and sensitive approach, even in the midst of changes and even while trying to be more honest and assertive in the way we relate to others. A challenging transit Venus-Saturn, also active throughout April, will accentuate the need for a more practical outlook on our relationships, general values and the way we go about satisfying our desires. This is a sobering, limiting transit.
  • To add more spice to this complex picture Mercury became Stationary Retrograde, on the 4th degree of Taurus, on April 10. Our Little Brother re-enters Aries on April 21 (same day Mars enters Gemini), and will turn Stationary Direct on May 4, on the 24th of Aries. Mercury will re-enter Taurus for good only on May 16.
    So we will not be out of the wood with the slowing and often confusing, if not downright bewildering effect of retrogradation, particularly tangible when the Inner Planets move backward (Mercury and Venus). The retrogradation of Mercury’s effects can range from missed appointments, delayed phone calls or travel arrangements, wrongly deleted emails etc., to more serious misunderstandings in the areas of communication and learning, but hopefully also with a more penetrating insight into the same matters.
  • The landscape will change again in late April and throughout May. On April 21 Mars enters Gemini, a mentally/physically active Sign, while, by April 29 (until June 6) Venus will be again in Aries and moving in direct motion. This change will return to us the level of energy and drive we experienced earlier this year and hopefully the wisdom a Retro Venus can bring in the areas of experience indicated by her relative position in our Birth Charts. On May 20 an opposition Venus-Jupiter could bring opportunities for romance, travel, special celebrations, enthusiasm and creativity. A challenging angle Venus-Pluto, on May 26, could be intense, even dramatic. A conjunction Venus-Uranus in Aries, on June 3, just before Venus’ change of Sign, could prove very exciting, but also highly unpredictable: a joy ride of emotions which may involve taking unusual risk A Mars opposition Saturn, active around the same time, could make it harder to obtain our heart desires as speedily as we wish.

All the best with all these Transits; cheers

Venus’ transit in Gemini, June 10 to July 4, 2011

The planetary shift from Taurus to Gemini

Venus will transit Gemini, Mutable Air Sign, between June 10 and July 4.

The group that formed the amazing quadruple Taurus conjunction in May (composed by Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter), is now scattered.

The fast moving bodies are all passing into Gemini this month, with only slower Jupiter remaining in Taurus. Mercury entered Gemini on June 3, Venus is entering today, June 10, and Mars will do the same on June 21. The Sun has also been transiting Gemini since May 21.

Venus symbolizes the function within the psyche that encourages us to relate to one another. She is often described as the Goddess of Love, but this is somewhat a reductive term for this planet’s complex function. When we equate Venus with love, we should specify that the love we are talking about is not limited to the emotions we feel toward other human beings, but it extends to the whole spectrum of human experiences.

This means that, through the birth position of Venus, we can assess not only the individual’s relating needs and capacity for giving and receiving love, but also, in a more general sense, the sort of activities and environments the individual love to be in, the value he/she places on things as well as principles, his/her aesthetic sensitivity, and the possible artistic expression of the same.

The passage of any planet from one Sign to the next marks always an interesting time, because consecutive Signs display characteristics diametrically opposite to the Sign preceding it. It is no exception with light and eclectic Gemini when we compare it with intense and earthy Taurus.

It is time to release then the intense feelings that Venus in Taurus and the Taurus alignment have brought to the surface, through this Sign’s emotional sensitivity, coupled with its habit of re-living and re-valuing the past, and, negatively, to become trapped in emotional quagmires. Gemini can help in fact to restore some needed clarity and objectivity to our emotional life, cultivating a more carefree and tolerant attitude. Used wisely the influence of Venus in Gemini could help to overcome the heaviness of the past, lightening our emotional burden and understanding our feelings without becoming enmeshed in them or ruled by them.

Generally speaking the shift into Gemini, not only of Venus, but also of the Sun, Mercury and soon Mars, will mean a busier social life for all of us, more fun and games, hopefully, and also more interesting reading, conversations, movies and theater going. This will apply particularly to people with an emphasis on the Signs of Gemini and Sagittarius (opposite-complementary to Gemini), and also Libra and Aquarius, the other Air Signs; Aries and Leo, the Fire Signs in harmonious aspect to the Air Signs; as well as Virgo and Pisces, the other Mutable Signs.

The person born with Venus in Gemini

The simple dynamics of love and relationships may not be enough for the Venus in Gemini individual, who needs intellectual stimulation and exchange to feel alive. People born with this placement also need more than insular and exclusive relationships with which they become easily bored.

Venus in Gemini can make and lose friends easily, always on the lookout for new and exciting relationships. They love people and life, desiring varied social activities to feel emotionally fulfilled.

Sometimes naive in love, like all Venus in Air Signs types, they may have too idealistic expectations about love and friendships and they can be then easily disappointed by the hard reality of relating.

Depending on the other placement in their Birth Chart the Venus in Gemini persons may put greater or lesser value on security and loyalty in relationships, but they will always be able to rationalize their feelings and are therefore less likely to suffer from jealousy and lack of trust in other people. Because Venus can never be further away from the Sun Sign than 48 degrees (in a geo-centric system of astrology) often this Venus’ placement occurs to people born with the Sun in Taurus or Cancer, both these Signs valuing security and loyalty very highly. In these cases Venus in Gemini will help them to allow more freedom to themselves and their partners, without of necessity disrupting the sense of security these Signs seek in relationships. When the Sun Sign happens to be Aries, Gemini or Leo instead the more independent side of Venus in Gemini will manifest, and relationships will have to allow an even wider scope for social activities and/or intellectual interests.

The activities they love (Venus) are those that allow freedom of expression and mobility. Anything too static or predictable could prove very trying for these eclectic types. There is usually a love of information or culture, a passion for books and interest in writing or studying, with a well developed capacity for abstract ideas and concepts. Travel is often a great magnet for these types too, offering the variety of experience and aesthetic stimulation they crave.

Artistically they are attracted to works that embody abstract concepts and symbols. They are often very talented designers, because Gemini rules the hands and fingers, giving them special mobility and dexterity. Also the geometry of space can be very important for this Sign who has a well developed sense of the harmony and symbolical significance of lines and shapes.

Relating with a Venus in Gemini individual?

If you are romantically interested in a person with Venus in Gemini don’t try to cage her/him in; it would put them off immediately. Rather find out about their interests and share yours with them. Conversing and exchanging ideas are very sexy activities for a Venus in Gemini person.

You have also to be tolerant of the Venus in Gemini person’s numerous friends and acquaintances who sometimes could make the relationship feel a bit crowded. If you are naturally an exclusive and possessive type you better avoid the Venus in Gemini person who could give you endless causes for concern. Their flirting and amicable manner attract a lot of people, but this doesn’t mean that they will be disloyal. It is simply in their nature to be independent and to value their friendships and activities with friends as much as they value their more intimate relationships.

When feeling like trapped in too demanding and restrictive relationships Gemini Venus people can become fidgety and elusive, even resorting to lying and subterfuge to regain a modicum of independence. Especially when still young Venus in Gemini people don’t find it very hard to move onto greener pastures when feeling cornered. Like any other astrological signature Venus in Gemini shows its less agreeable side when somehow thwarted in its more spontaneous forms of expression.